Friday, October 05, 2007
While We're At It....
A mere 20,000 light years from our Sun, is the nearby Carina spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy's birth chamber of open stars, (I feel funny calling it OUR Milky Way, now that I know we might have been--kidnapped, actually STOLEN away like Sendak's ice baby--see previous post) that contains thousands of stars far bigger than our own Sun.
Surrounding this nursery are "natal clouds of glowing interstellar gas and...dust, sculpted by energizing stellar radiation and winds."
Photo by Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Collaboration, J Maiz Appellaniz, et al, and David de Martin.
*Sigh* It would've made an awesome picture for the family album. Oh, well. Click it for a truly amazing view!